MENJELAJAH Australia pasti tidak lengkap tanpa berkunjung ke Queensland yang menawarkan pengalaman menakjubkan seperti menerokai bandar Gold Coast, taman negara yang tersenarai dalam Warisan Dunia seperti Fraser Island dan tarikan terkemuka dunia iaitu Great Barrier Reef.
Ibu kota Queensland iaitu Brisbane juga ada tarikan unik iaitu Brisbane Greeters, sekumpulan sukarelawan yang membawa pelancong ke lokasi menarik dan berkongsi cerita mengenai bandar berkenaan.
Selain itu, Brisbane menawarkan pengalaman membeli-belah yang mengasyikkan dengan pelbagai kedai dan butik rekaan eksklusif serta deretan restoran makanan bercita rasa tinggi.
Di Sunshine Coast pula, anda boleh berkunjung ke Noosa Farmers Market yang terkenal dengan hasil tanaman segar seperti tomato dan keju berkualiti.
Pada Sabtu, Eumundi Markets menjadi destinasi wajib di mana 600 gerai seni kraftangan dan makanan tempatan menanti anda.
FRESH AS IT GETS
Play farmer for a morning and pick your own strawberries at The Strawberry Fields or try fresh, homemade strawberry ice cream and pancakes or choc dipped gourmet strawberries at the café. Spice up your taste buds at The Ginger Factory in Yandina with the plethora of ginger products like crystallised ginger, ginger lemon and line marmalade. Bring home some “melt-in-your-mouth” nougat from the Australian Nougat Company, hand-made with natural ingredients. Enjoy a cuppa at Maleny Cheese and try some of the beautiful yoghurt and cheese here.
BEST DINING VIEW
With picture-perfect views in the laid-back seaside resort town of Noosa, you can unwind with a cuppa or a glass in hand as you soak in the sun and beach lifestyle in ocean-facing café or restaurant along the Main Beach. Noosa is home to a host of award-winning restaurants helmed by seasoned chefs who have cut their teeth in big name restaurants in and outside of Australia.
Every May, Noosa plays host to the annual Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, featuring authentic food trails, culinary exhibitions, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, wine and champagne tastings as well as hot entertainment, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Noosa beach and national park.
When not satiating your palate, explore the World-Heritage Listed Fraser Island with Australian Sunset Safaris on a 4WD adventure. Embark on the unique Great Beach Drive, instead of travelling on the highway, you’ll be travelling on miles and miles of beach in the Cooloola National Park, with the pristine Pacific Ocean coastline on your right and steep sand mountain cliffs on your left. On Fraser Island, be amazed by rainforests that grow on sand, swim in crystal clear lakes, spot wild dingos, picnic on the 75-mile beach, see shipwreck and magnificent sand formations. Catch migrating humpback whales between the months of July and October. You can even swim with them now!
Catch a scenic coastal flight to Lady Elliot Island, a true coral cay and a hidden gem located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Literally step off the beach and into a magical world of unspoilt coral and marine life. The Island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkeling locations on the Great Barrier Reef.
Further info please visit www.queensland.com
*Sourced from Tourism Australia. Malaysia Airlines has seven flights weekly between Kuala Lumpur and Queensland. For bookings, go to www.malaysiaairlines.com